Bethlehem (300)

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Clair Oren. Translation: Naomi Gal
Seriously? Does this make us safer?


8:50 to 10:40

Quite a few people passed, but no long lines were formed because the security guard and/or the officer opened the gate between the windows and quickly let people pass, briefly checking their permits.

Two Ecumenical volunteers changed during the shift, and surprisingly they stood next to me and none of the security guards ordered them to leave and stand outside the checkpoint, the way they usually do.


Two Palestinians were rejected: a very old woman came with a permit that expired long time ago, and an older man without a permit. He was accompanied by his daughter carrying a small babyinfo-icon. She started crying and did not want to go through without her father. She would not talk to me and seemed very agitated. Her father kept trying to convince her to go without him, but she sat on the ground and refused to budge. Her father tried to ask an older Palestinian woman to accompany his daughter and assist her. But the daughter refused that too. The guard was smug, claiming that this show takes place every day. Eventually, after about twenty minutes, the young daughter with her ​​baby went back toward Bethlehem.


The security guards and policemen were unbearable, loud and rude!